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A Matter of Privilege by Bummerdude A Matter of Privilege by Bummerdude
I am slowly, but securely, starting to experiment more with panels and their placements. Shapes will probably follow soon. After that I am unsure what other aspect of panels there's left to improve, so I guess the development will stagnate after that point. But nevermind such details!

There are few things in Pokémon that are so obviously skewed yet strangely accepted by society as the pre-switch before facing the next pokémon in battle. I don't know, maybe the opponents shout what they're planning next and our hero simply happens to act fast. It would thus be irresponsible not to take advantage of the situation. Or at least that's what I tell myself when I pound a Youngster's Pidgey with my significantly heavier Graveler. Nonetheless, no other character has apparently picked up on this nefarious tactic, hence why I alone can peacefully reap the rewards. Go me.

Vanessa aka :iconnessade99: helped out by also bringing up how Revives are used by opponents (or rather, how they're NOT used). I've had the setting and dialogue for this strip somewhat clear for a long time, but it lacked a good finishing panel as the main issue is revealed early on, so Vanessa's input made for a real good ending. This also called for some excessive panelwork which quickly broke my usual 4-panel limit, but I wasn't emotionally attached to it anyway.

Took some time before I got done with this thing. My sudden and intense addiction to Cave Story did little to encourage my production. Fun and insanely frustrated times were had though!

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:iconsilver-moonwolf:
silver-moonwolf Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Lol this is the perfect example of what Pokemon in real life would be like xD
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:icondoombones:
doombones Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
Thats why i use no items in battle 
and put the settings to the other one so i cant switch after the trainers pokemon faint
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:iconnightmare5000:
Nightmare5000 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student Artist
Hahaha, and will you make a shortline sotry of Gary's Ratticate death?
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:iconpacattack25:
Pacattack25 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
NAME YOUR POKEMON - if you send out "A" and your opponent hasn't faced that pokemon yet... or better yet name ALL your pokemon "A" this doesn't happen....
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:icondigipokefriend2:
digipokefriend2 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, Gary, Many of us use them. :icondragonpu:
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:iconmuntu1221:
muntu1221 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Oh, look who's talking about picking type advantages!
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:iconassemblerofsouls:
AssemblerOfSouls Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, no wait, I'm dumb. I was thinking squirtle for some reason, lol. Ignore my last comment.
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:iconassemblerofsouls:
AssemblerOfSouls Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait... does that say "because geodude's weak to grass."? That should say "water" right?
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:iconscoutlone:
Scoutlone Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Grass also beats rock types...Gem 3,Hell Ya!!!
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:icondrawertolife:
drawertolife Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow Gary...... He's a idiot
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:iconrokurocarisu:
RokuroCarisu Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Easy to see why the console games don't feature free switching. Or Revives.
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:icondewani90:
Dewani90 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well, gary always comes to attack you when your pokemon had a hard battle and are barely standing... so anything goes dude
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:iconno15-nathax:
No15-Nathax Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Reminds me of a battle I had once, my opponent kept using super potions and revives. Would've REALLY pissed me off if he hadn't been such a pushover. As if such a cheap tactic could prevent the inevitable.
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:iconpokefan117:
Pokefan117 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
YOU USE REVIVES TOO WHATS NEXT?! healing your withdrawn pokemon?
:iconyesplz2:
:iconchocolatefishplz:
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:iconpokespartan117:
PokeSpartan117 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
well this is I feel about that gym leader that uses a hyper potion on his Pokémon took you 5 turns and 3 to get into the red
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:iconcougarleon2:
CougarLeon2 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is what I think it is right? Gary complaining about using a type advantage Pokemon on him?
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:iconbummerdude:
Bummerdude Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
It's about 'Switch mode', which can only be used during the game's story mode (and not in Battle Tower or against other players). Type advantage is perfectly sensible, but getting a free switch before sending out his next mon is a completely different thing.
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CougarLeon2 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, okay.
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:iconschwarzerritter:
SchwarzerRitter Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
To be fair, Blue doesn't have to go through half a dozen other trainers in order to fight the player.
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:iconxavierxf:
XavierXF Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Even though we can use items and switch Pokemon more freely, there's one thing we can't do that literally every other Pokemon Trainer can: Heal all their Pokemon completely, even PP, outside of battle without the use of a Pokemon Center. I think that's a reasonably fair trade.
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:iconmkmaster365:
mkmaster365 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013   Traditional Artist
but gary's raticate died bro...
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:iconaskpkmngreen:
askpkmngreen Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Haha!

Now I know I can beat Red without worrying about anything.

GAMESHARK.

Do you see me complaining now?
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:iconmountainlord92:
Mountainlord92 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
This is why I preferred it in the older games where if you do switch to your pokemon between opponents it does at least let them send theirs out before yours is switched, it makes more sense for you to actually see your opponent to know what to switch to, is the player psychic or something?
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JuMiKu Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
And that is why all trainers in the world attack the player on sight. To troll him right back. Or have you ever seen them react to each other and start battles?

Hiker: There he is! Kill him! Kill him!

Gary: So, I see you just came out of a cave? Let's battle a-hole.
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laughinguy Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:iconprofessoroakplz: Congratulations on learning the first rule of Pokemon battles, Gary.

:icongaryoakplz: What rule might that be?

:iconprofessoroakplz: Only players can get to troll NPC trainers like yourself.
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:iconvarletlegion:
varletlegion Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Gary's just fussy because he had a fallout with his boyfriend...
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:iconsouthrobin:
Southrobin Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Poor gary D':
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:icontrollkid:
Trollkid Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
I have to make an objection here. Using revives and switching before your opponent is considered legit in this particular situation because the hero ALWAYS wins through any way possible. It's a not a Pokemon thing, it's a universal fiction/game law. :D
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Osmariobro Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student General Artist
kkkkk Shift Mode for the win, XDD
i prefer to play in SET because that's a bit harder, but worse than NPCs not being able to switch like players do, and not using Revives.... is in HGSS where they DO see legendary pokémon following the player, and even so they boldly send out their lv10 caterpies to face them! XDD
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Shian-selene Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
ey, i don't hear him complain when he (or the gym leaders) uses hyperpotions all the time ¬¬
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:iconhappyametuer:
happyametuer Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
And now opponents use Full Restores and switch. Then in Nuzlockes, the playing field is evened a bit more with revives being forbidden (1 faint = a kill).

But the switch thing is always there. ALWAYS.
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:iconbagasuit091:
bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This made my day, haha. I've never thought about it before, but it's so true. :D
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LightningLord3 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Interesting to know that even most of the veterans of Pokémon never heard of the Set Mode - press start, go to options, set battle style to "SET" and then you will no longer be able to switch when the opponent brings in a Pokémon after his last one was beaten.
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CleverPast Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
Dunno if that's true; they should've gone through the Options at least once. Plus, link battles and the metagame are played in SET battle style. I sure don't use it anymore. Makes the game too easy.

I DO wanna see how Revives for the opponent come into play, though. I imagine people ragequitting after the Champion used Max Revive on her best Pokemon they brought down one turn ago. xD
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:iconlightninglord3:
LightningLord3 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
Still, four item limit that is hard-coded in the games.
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:icondragonsidestudios:
DragonSideStudios Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Anyone who's played FireRed or LeafGreen should be aware of it, the game is default set to 'set', I wasn't aware you could switch like that until I got a different game, I think it was the same in Ruby/Sapphire.
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mkmaster365 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013   Traditional Artist
im playing that rightn ow, and you need to go into options from the load menu, and the start menu.
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:iconwanderer619:
Wanderer619 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Sweet!
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:iconelectric-raichu:
Electric-Raichu Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I encountered my first in-game opponent that could use Revive, I was mortified.

Don't worry, you're style is excellent. But yeah, keep perfecting it, no harm in getting better!
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:iconrainbroach:
Rainbroach Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
If A.I could switch when you're about to bring out a Pokemon, I think there would be all sorts of rage throughout the Pokemon gamers.
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:iconkapuchino357:
Kapuchino357 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012   General Artist
I actually switch to have the type DISATVANTAGE sometimes XD
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:icondartpaw86:
Dartpaw86 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I noticed you're using more detail. Looks good!
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:iconlivelongbutlol:
LiveLongButLOL Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
you know the Revival Herb?it completely restores health to a pokemon and is buy able.
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:icondragonsidestudios:
DragonSideStudios Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Unfortunately, it can start to make your pokemon hate you.
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:iconlivelongbutlol:
LiveLongButLOL Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
lolz, really? XD
I checked that already, there happiness is as high as possible.
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:icondragonsidestudios:
DragonSideStudios Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
It is, admittedly, ignorable and counteracted by somewhere around 642 steps.
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:iconlivelongbutlol:
LiveLongButLOL Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
um what do you mean by that? I have no idea what you are talking about
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:icondragonsidestudios:
DragonSideStudios Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
happiness is reduced 1 by using one of those 'bitter' herbs, and increased one every (it's actually 512) steps you take in the overworld.
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:iconlivelongbutlol:
LiveLongButLOL Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Yea but rarely use that herb since I don't let them faint a lot, I kick but! XD
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Fl4L3ssV1Ct0ry Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
very nice.
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